Could the Libyan civil war redefine modern air combat? Part 1/2

Since the Western intervention in Libya in 2011, and more since 2014, the country is plunged into a protean civil war leaning on a real geopolitical chaos. Over time, tensions have crystallized between two factions which both claim control of the entire Libyan territory: the Government of National Union (GNA) based in Tripoli, and the Libyan National Army (ANL) of Marshal Haftar, who is trying to seize the historic capital of the country.

In recent years, foreign interventions in support of one or the other of the two camps have multiplied and have radically changed in scale. The special forces deployments et more or less discreet air raids the first years continue today, but political support for the ANL and the GNA is now displayed in broad daylight, with deployments of foreign troops, "private" mercenaries, modern anti-missile systems, drones armed and even, more recently, entire fleets of combat aircraft !

If, on the technical level, the Libyan conflict does not present great innovations, it could however deeply change the conduct of military operations in the third dimension. On the tactical as on the strategic level, this civil war could thus have consequences, in the long term, still unsuspected.

The Bayraktar TB2, designed in Turkey, has recently distinguished itself in Syria and then in Libya, including in the face of very sophisticated defense systems. Robust and economical, the Bayraktar can possibly be used as a consumable vector, depending on the military value of its target.

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